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VAUDEVILLE VIDEOS vol. 1
You can call it Cabaret, Music Hall, Circus or even Burlesque, but they all stood for entertainment and variety. In this introductory volume you'll see the great names and the forgotten names! Jugglers, contortionists, eccentric dancers, novelty acts, animal acts. You name it, Vaudeville had it. The legendary Smith and Dale (the original "sunshine boys") perform some of their classic sketches including "Dr. Kronkheit & his only Living Patient". Jack Benny, Weber and Fields, Henny Youngman also appear along with performing seals, dogs, jugglers and other novelites! A rare look at Negro vaudeville is captured in a 1915 silent comedy produced by the Ebony Film Company of Chicago. Actual black actors perform rather than the usual practice of white actors in black-face. The broad knock-about style of comedy was prevalent in this era and Weber and Fields excelled in this area along with the ethnic humor that was also common in this era. Because all were kidded equally, no one group took umbrage at these stereotypes. Much of this type of entertainment has gone by the wayside but in the early part of the 20th Century, vaudeville was King!
(A-451) B & W ..........approximately 60 minutes...........$19.98 plus shipping and handling
VAUDEVILLE VIDEOS vol. 2
VAUDEVILLE VIDEOS vol 3
VAUDEVILLE VIDEOS vol.
VAUDEVILLE VIDEOS vol. 5
VAUDEVILLE VIDEOS vol.
THE HORSE AND BUGGY ERA
This historical collection of rare newsreel footage captures the sights, styles, technology and the people who made an impact on the 20th Century. Highlights include New York steam elevated trains, Easter Parade on New York's 5th Avenue. A short promotional film of the Spanish-American War Bond drive and an early whiskey advertisement film. You'll see the Black Diamond Express passenger train, Tammany Halls Richard Croker, the party boss. Rector's Restaurant with a gag chase through Central Park. The follies, foibles and fashions of early America features nickelodeon film s of short duration that reflect the technology and the styles of the late 1890's and early 1900's. Films include; "THE CORSET MODEL" (1903), "A NIGHT AT THE HAYMARKET THEATER" featuring dancing and fights (1903), "FIRE IN A BURLESQUE THEATER" (1904), a comic bit titled "AIRY FAIRY LILLIAN TRIES ON HER NEW CORSETS" (1905), "FROM SHOW GIRL TO BURLESQUE QUEEN" (1903), "A BUSY DAY FOR CORSET MODELS" (1903) and "TROUBLES OF A MANAGER OF A BURLESQUE SHOW" (1904). We then move on to a look at transportation as we see horse drawn trolly cars and steam powered cable cars which evolved into the electric powered New York Subway. Scenes include Cortland & Fulton Street Ferries, Lower Broadway cable cars, Union Square old Metropole Street railway, Madison Square, a sweep car for winter clearing, the Brooklyn Bridge Railroad at Sands Street Station, the 9th Avenue Elevated, suicide curve, scenes of construction of the first subway and footage of opening day with Mayor George B. McClellan and other dignitaries. Scenes of rides through the lighted tunnels conclude this look at America at the turn of the century.
(A-424) Tinted silent with music score added....approximately 1 hour ...$14.98 plus shipping and handling
SUPER CIRCUS Vol. 1 Claude Kirchiner & Mary Hartline
Two sit-coms from the golden age of television are featured here with a Circus flavor to it. The "ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET" from 1960 on ABC has the Nelsons in a circus story. Also featured is "THE TROUBLE WITH FATHER" from 1953 titled "The Day the Circus Came to Town" starring Stuart Erwin.
(A-253-E) B & W ....................approximately 55 minutes.....................$19.98 plus ship
ARTHUR GODFREY AT THE CIRCUS
Arthur Godfrey astride his trick horse Goldie introduce highlights of the Ringling Brothers three ring circus. Included are Bengal tigers, acrobats, the high wire, dog acts, trampoline, clowns, 16 elephants, bears riding motorcycles, a man & woman shot from a cannon, and more. Arthur Godfrey demonstrates the talents of his wonder horse, Goldie. All commercials intact, a rare live performance.
(A-00-MC205) .........60 minutes........... $19.95 plus shipping & Handling
INTERNATIONAL CIRCUS TIME
Don Ameche hosts this one hour spectacular of circus acts from around the world. The Traveling Tent Circus from Sweden, an actual traveling circus that has visited 27 different countries. A wondrous selection of circus acts, including Elena’s doves, aerial acts, acrobats, jugglers, elephants, dogs, an unusual bicycle act, and horses. Beautiful women, talented men in a breathtaking circus presentation! All commercials intact.
(A-369) B & W ....approx 1 hr. total ......$14.98 plus shipping and handling
ROGERS AND DALE EVANS CIRCUS SHOW 1962
The "King of the Cowboys" and Dale host this "live"wholesome hour of music and variety. Regulars and guests include Cliff Arquette (as Charley Weaver), singer Kathy Taylor, Pat Brady, the Sons of the Pioneers, magician Mark Wilson (from the Magic Land of Allakazam), and Martha Raye. Martha Raye is hilarious and the bloopers abound with Dale Evans in the "Lion Tamer" skit. Roy shows his sharp shooting skills with rifle, sling shot, Zulu blow gun, and bow and arrow. On "live" TV, even an expert...can miss once in a while! Mark Wilson's magic has Dale Evans floating in mid air! Cliff Arquette plays Mama Weaver, and Pat Brady sings with the Sons of the Pioneers. Much, much more fun. All commercials intact as aired.
(A-MC-127) B & W .........approximately 1 hour ...................$19.98 plus shipping and handling
HISTORY OF THE NEWSREEL Vol. 1
From the TITANIC disaster to the great Depression is the subject of this first volume. While there were no official news reel companies at the time of the Titanic disaster some enterprising producers took what little footage existed on the White Star liners and Captain Smith and added it to the films of the rescue ship and quickly capitalized on the public's attention to the tragedy. Political figures from the 20's as well as unusual happenings highlight this edition. Boston; frigid gales force fishermen home as an ice-coated ship pulls into harbor! Bermuda- Suckers catch sharks without hook in this novel news clip! A man wrestles a shark in water! Captured on film are such well known politicians as Herbert Hoover shown at the Kansas City Convention that nominated him. The farm relief Army marches in! Hoover and Dawes meet in Chicago along with the wives. Senator Charles Curtis is profiled. Indian tribesman in Caw City, Oklahoma dance in tribute to Senator Curtis. Dr. Hubert Work, Republican chairman is in charge of the Hoover -Curtis campaign. Scenes of other Presidents include Teddy Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge. Firemen on first flight across Atlantic; Dublin to Greenely Island. New York pay tribute to Major Fitzmaurice and flyers with ticker-tape parade! The Chicago Exposition is seen including the Streets of Paris exhibit with Sally Rand doing her famous nude dance! Crowds visit the many expositions. Federal agents attack bootleggers even in the final days of Prohibition. Congresswoman Norton of New Jersey adopts amendment to give people the right to repeal the 18th amendment. Agents smash bottles! Chairman Wickersham reports on commission's opposition to repeal 18th amendment. Al Capone's Beer plant is destroyed by Feds! Gene Tunney joins the fight against the repeal! Digest poll shows 3 to 1 in favor of repeal. Al Capone arrives in Atlanta to serve his sentence in prison. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. joins in on repeal side. Uncle Sam Boots Dry Cause. Prohibition agents destroy huge supply of boot-legged booze in New Jersey. Franklin D. Roosevelt has "a word about beer!" Hopeful breweries get ready in New York for the day when beer is legal. Foes of repeal rally in the Capital headed by Dr. F. Scott McBride and his anti-saloon league. Congress passes bill legalizing real beer. Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia of New York and Mrs. Kahn among others rejoice at the return of 3.2 beer. Prohibition agents still enforce law by destroying boot-legged liquor. Beer bill signed by President Roosevelt. Bars open and "it won't be long now!" Brewer's big horse-drawn carts deliver beer much to the joy of Gov. Al Smith who favored the repeal. Californian Grape growers busy as customs official seize illegal bottles. Temperance leagues still fight the losing fight! Nation rejoices as prohibition passes out. Los Angeles celebrates! New York gets it's delivery! New Orleans celebrates old traditions! Great White Way in New York gets "lit up" as corks pop and balloons fly!
(A-461) B & W silent and sound....approximately 1 hour...$14.98 plus shipping and handling
HISTORY OF THE NEWSREEL Vol. 2
This second volume bypasses the World War 2 newsreels which are covered elsewhere and picks up after the War through to the mid-fifties. "War's aftermath! MacArthur returns to Phillippines and a new President is installed. Jewish refugees look for a new home! Nuremberg trials! Goering cheats gallows as others are sentenced! Belgian plane disaster-survivors found! Canada's new Governor General. 32 new Cardinals designated. Paris peace conference. Automobile Golden Jubilee in Detroit. Kentucky Derby. The "Flying Wing" is tested by Northup. Other secret weapons initiated! A-Bomb tested at Bikini! Pacific North-West devastated by floods, winds! Holland's new Queen, Juliana! Berlin crisis-Russian blockades forcing air-born drop of needed supplies. Coal strike cripples France. Palestine conflict over new Zion State with violence resulting! Revolt in Bogota-angry mobs riot & burn! U.S. Air growth 92-ton Lockheed " Constitution"is tested. Harry Truman wins election as President. Coronation of Queen Elizabeth with all the ceremonies! Paratroopers trap Chinese Reds then drop supplies in Korea! War by sea and air-Battleship Missouri runs into heavy seas as cameramen capture it on film. Action scenes of air force in Korea attacking Reds! Marine vets return from Korea! Kefauver hearings! Greasy Thumb Guzik hauled before Senate! James J. Carrol testifies in hearing investigating organized crime. Final witnesses testify in Kefauver hearings. Shah of Iran initiates a reform movement; breaks up land holdings and distributes to people to ease social tensions. Czeck Dr. seeks political asylum. Montelegro explodes-people killed! Easter Parade hat styles lighten the news events. New trends revealed in Balmain fashion show. Ship tragedy as "Carl Bradley" freighter sinks in storm as 33 lives are lost. Rescue attempts prove fruitless as families wait ashore for news of survivors. Cumberland floods hit four states! Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia are hit as residents are evacuated. Floods and flood control as Army Core of Engineers lay a "mattress" for the Mississippi River! Floods hit 3 states in far West as Northern California, Oregon, and Western Nevada! Flood fighters attempt to keep escape routes open! Fire sweeps a vast pine Forrest in Sydney Australia! Italian firemen stage an exhibition of leaps for life and other rescue operations. New Jersey commuter train crashes off side of bridge! 40 killed! Two giant airplane crash at Idlewilde Airport as firemen attempt to keep flames under control! Coast Guard to the rescue off Cape Cod, as a 4 million dollar dredger flounders in a storm! Men fight their way to safety. Dr. Hastings Banda strives for freedom of South Africa. Formosa under attack from Red Chinese!
(A-462) B & W sound ...approximately 1 hour..................$14.98 plus shipping and handling
QUARTER CENTURY OF NEWSREELS
This collection spans the entry of America into World War 2 through the early 60's. Pearl Harbor invaded, mass destruction and loss of life! Assorted World War 2 news stories. The Atomic Age begins. Truman wins election as President of the United States in a close race with Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Korea becomes the problem of the Truman administration. Eisenhower defeats Stevenson to become President. Space triumphs and the first satellite! Kennedy "defeats" Nixon in a close election. March on Washington, D.C. for civil rights.
(A-421) B & W .........approximately 60 minutes..............$14.98 plus shipping and handling
QUARTER CENTURY OF ENTERTAINMENT
This collection of news reels concentrates primarily on Hollywood movie stars, premieres and radio and TV celebrities. Starting in 1942 with The Hollywood Victory Caravan with many stars selling war bonds. James Stewert enlists as does Joe Louis, Tyrone Power, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Clark Gable. Hollywood stars win awards including Gary Cooper, James Cagney, Joan Fontane and Greer Garson. Don Wilson hosts Mail Call as stars entertain soldiers. Dorothy Lamour sings "I'm in the Mood For Love" and Abbott & Costello do "Who's On First?". Spike Jones performs "Cocktails For Two". Other stars include Dick Powell, Dale Evans, Yvonne DeCarlo and Danny Kaye who does his "Melody in 4-F". More awards as Margaret O'Brien, Myrna Loy, Ann Blythe, Ray Milland and Ingrid Bergman are on hand for ceremonies. A news story on circus knife throwing act follows. More award ceremonies with such stars as Loretta Young, Ronald Coleman and Olivia DeHavilland. Rita Hayworth marries Aly Khan in 1949. The 1950's bring about the Atomic age with cold war topics and cold war atom-age monsters! Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner appear at a premiere of "Meet Danny Wilson". Also on hand are Milton Berle, Robert Preston and Dagmar. The National Conference of Christians and Jews meet with entertainment people helping out. Oscars are back again with Shelly Winters, Donald O' Conner , Charles Couburn, Greer Garson and Humphrey Bogart. Marylin Monroe and Joe DiMaggio make headlines! Elvis in the Army! Jack Benny, The Marx Brothers and The Three Stooges appear in commercials and promos. The quiz show scandal breaks! Elvis is mustered out of the service. Alfred Hitchcock creates a sensation with "Psycho"! Louis Armstrong swings in the Congo! The advent of Tel-star is marked by J.F.K. Marilyn Monroe dead! Grace Kelly marries Royalty. The Beatles and Twiggy hit the scene! Bob Hope entertains the soldiers in Viet Nam and Ronald Reagan is elected Governor of California.
(A-090) B & W ..........approximately 60 minutes.........$14.98 plus shipping and handling
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FAMOUS and not-so FAMOUS QUOTES FROM noted Americans and a few of our foreign friends from the past
1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion
that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a
3. Suppose you were
an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.
---- Mark Twain
4. I contend that for
a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket
and trying to lift himself up by the handle ...
5. A government which
robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
---- George Bernard Shaw
6. A liberal is
someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay
off with your money.
---- G. Gordon Liddy
7. Democracy must be
something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.--
-- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)
8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money frompoor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
9. Giving money and
power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
--- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
10. Government is the
great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of
---- Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)
11. Government's view
of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it.
If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
12. I don't make
jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
---- Will Rogers
13. If you think
health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free!
---- P. J. O'Rourke
14. In general, the
art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of
the citizens to give to the other.
---- Voltaire (1764)
15. Just because you
do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest
---- Pericles (430 B.C.)
16. No man's life,
liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.
---- Mark Twain (1866)
17. Talk is
cheap...except when Congress does it.
18. The government is
like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other.
19. The inherent vice
of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of
socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
20. The only
difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves
21. The ultimate
result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with
---- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)
22. There is no
distinctly native American criminal class...save Congress.
23. What this country needs are more
---- Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)
24.. A government big
enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you
----- Thomas Jefferson
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